Compare Types of High Security Safes from TL-15 rated to Home Safes.

We just received this sheet showing different types of safes from high security safes to home safes. I thought it was just too good not share and tell you about.  Because we get so many phone calls here at Valuesafesinc.com with people wanting to store cash, jewelry, paperwork, passports, or whatever.  However, you need make the right choice for what you want to protect.  After all a bank isn’t going to store all their money in a home safe. Like wise we all need to think about security in layers. A safe of course is as good a starting point as any. But don’t forget about getting your home rekeyed by your local locksmith and having window locks. Monitored alarms are also excellent addition to any home security setup.

On the left below you will see the PM-1014 UL listed TL-15 rated safe. This one is an insurable rated vault and are commonly owned by coin collectors, people with lots of cash kept on hand, and the jewelry collector. It is also 2 hour fire rated. Bolts to any foundation for maximum security.  I believe this is actually smallest TL-15 rated safe available in the world.  Which makes it great in both home and commercial settings.

FB-450E is next on the list and this is a Fire and Burglary category.  It would rank as lower security rating when compared to the PM-1014 but still has the 2 hour fire rating.  Designed to take a beating by any thief but it would not be considered an “Insurable container” by insurance companies.  The UL rating that is below TL-15 is called RSC or Residential Security Container.  This is really just a hammer and crowbar test.  You will find it Fire and Burglary safes as well as gun safes. But it is not really considered much security.  Though it is much higher then say a home safe or office safe.

B1414E is considered a cash safe. Designed to protect just against theft. There is no fireproof material in it so really it is just a really strong steel safe.  Also bolts to the ground and is mainly used in commercial environments.  Good theft protection like the FB-450E but no fire resistance. You do save a lot of money on something like this when compared to the FB series though.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the HS-610 office safe and home safes. You really get only get a small amount theft protection but you get 2 hours of fireproof protection.  Also bolts to the ground.  I personally like 2 hour fire protection over just a single hour of fireproof. Because it really lasts through a big fire. Most fires are not found and once they are called in to the fire department it is on average 30 minutes after the fire had started before they begin to pour water on the fire. So a severe fire normally lasts longer then 1 hour. Which should then tell you that the small 30 minute fire safes are normally worthless in type of fire. I hope this helps. Follow the link to take a look at the PM-1014 series. TL-15 rated safes

Types of High Security safes

Types of High Security safes

Six Types of Important Documents You Could Lose In A Fire [Infographic]

 

If you’re one of the many children who sat through fire-safety demonstrations back in grade school, you probably remember lying awake at night, petrified with the fear of your home catching fire. As adults, we worry in a different way, by making sure we’re prepared with fire alarms and exit plans that ensure our family’s safety. But one thing we don’t think about enough are the documents that are very difficult or even impossible to replace in the case of a fire. Here are six types of documents that you might think about protecting with a fireproof filing cabinet or safe.

 

Government Issued

While losing a passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, or social security card might not be the end of the world, these government issued documents can be tough—and sometimes very expensive—to replace. You probably don’t need to use them very often, so why not keep them in a safe place?

 

Sentimental Keepsakes

This category could entail very different things for different people. Maybe you have the original copy of a picture of your grandfather serving his country, or a lovely poem written by your spouse back in high school. These are the types of items that can truly never be replaced and are absolutely devastating to lose.

 

Worst-Case

We don’t mean to get all doom-and-gloomy, but house fires are dangerous, and there’s always a chance that someone won’t make it out. That’s why it’s important to have a will stored safely, as well as any advance directives and powers of attorney. Remember to check with your state laws to see exactly how you should prepare for the worst.

 

Contracts

Did your neighbor loan you a llama a few years back? Are your friends legally obligated to pay your bar tab every time you’re together? Good luck proving it without a legal contract, especially when they validate less ridiculous deals than these.

 

Property

It’s important to have proof of what you own, especially if most of it has burned to ashes in a fire. While deeds and titles should be your first priority, a home inventory can be a lifesaver when dealing with insurance companies in the wake of a fire.

 

Digital

Some might say, “Who keeps paper documents anymore? All my stuff is backed up on this tiny thumb drive.” We’ll see how well that miracle of modern technology stands up to scorching flames. It’s great that we can back up a bunch of our stuff digitally, but the backup still needs to be protected.

 

To save yourself the extra headache if and when a disastrous fire strikes, order a fireproof safe or filing cabinet from ValueSafeInc.com today.

 

As well, below is an infographic of tips on how you can prevent residential fires.

 

Residential Fire Protection

Creative & Clever Ways to Hide Your Safe

how to hide a safeEveryone knows what a safe is for.  You don’t put just anything in a safe, you store your most valuable items. These valuable items might not only be of monetary value, rather items of great importance. This can include, titles, deeds, birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards. Stuff you don’t want to land in the wrong hands.
 
Even though you own a safe which greatly increases the safety of these items doesn’t mean that your safe can’t be stolen or broken into. For this reason is why it’s smart to place your safe in a smart and concealed area.  Here are some helpful hints and ideas that will hopefully help you decide where to place yours.

     

  1. Inside a closet is a great spot to put a safe.  Typically a closet in the master bedroom or office. It’s most important that it’s not in an area of high foot traffic or visibility. You want to make sure the safe stays out of sight, which is why if you can hide it in a walk in closest behind some hanging clothes this will ensure it’s not easily found or transported.
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  3. Under the stairs. Most homes have that awkward half room, half closet space under the stairs. This is another secluded spot which can easily be concealed and forgotten. Sometimes these rooms can be setup with flush doors that look like a wall panel and are discernable to the naked eye.
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  5. Have an old fridge? Fridges can pretty easily be converted into a handy hiding spot. This can be used if you don’t have a super-secret room under the stairs and all you have a corner in your garage. Again, you don’t want the garage door being open and someone to drive by and spot your safe. This makes your house an easy target. Hiding your safe in the Fridge can disguise it in plain sight.
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  7. Building the safe into a wall can be a great option if you have the means to make it happen. This is ideal because the safe can be concealed completely behind the wall. If someone does happen to find where it’s at removing it becomes far more difficult and will require more tools and time by the thieves.
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  9. The easiest and least expensive route to hiding your safe is to use a cardboard moving box. This will help conceal it but doesn’t require too much protection outside of disguise.

 
Hopefully these tips will give you a better idea where to place your safe and what may or may not be a good idea.
 

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Safe Hacks: Protecting Your Profits in 2015

Anyone who has ever considered buying a safe for your business, you know that there are ways to hack into safes; or, in most cases, attempt to destroy them so they can get at the goods. The great news is that there are quite a few steps and skills that the burglar in question would need to possess and go through in order to get at what they need.
 

Do People Really Crack Safes?

 
The short answer is yes. If they see the contents of the safe as being rewarding or valuable, then they will certainly try to crack the combination, beat up the safe, or go as far as cutting it in half. This is a popular enough thought that it was featured on Mythsbusters:
 

 
Here they try to duplicate a famous safe crack where there is water and explosives involved. And it was deemed a “plausible” way to get into a safe. There is no shortage of creativity when it comes to safe hacking.
 
And that old trick about the stethoscope being used to hear the lock combination- eHow tells us that that’s a thing.
 

 
It took him a while to do it, but it’s definitely doable.
 

 
We just won’t even talk about how easy it was for Alex Lewis to pop that safe.
 
First, let’s start with some things you can do in order to deter burglars from stealing your safe.
 

Safe Thief Deterrents

 
There are a number of things that you can do in order to protect your assets and your profits.
 
If it isn’t a wall or floor safe, that means it can be set down somewhere. You probably didn’t think to bolt it down because it weighs 304,973,985,794,875 pounds right? Think again- if a thief is determined to get a safe, they will find a way. Don’t make it easier on them! Bolt the safe down so that, if nothing else, they would have to spend more time dislodging it.
 
Secondly, when is the last time you have changed your combination? Some thieves will go as far as getting up close and personal in order to get at the safe. Change the combinations regularly in order to keep people in their toes- designate a single person to be in charge of the combinations.
 
Thirdly, know what type of safe you have. Knowing everything about your safe inside and out will help to locate its weakest points. Being armed with this knowledge will tell you if your safe needs backup protection.
 
Put money into this investment. If you’re trying to deter someone from getting valuable, getting a cheap safe won’t do you any good. Cheap means flimsy, faulty, and weak at best.
 

What Can Business Owners Do?

 
The first thing to consider is whether or not people would know about a safe or not. Having one in plain sight is asking for someone to poke at it. Don’t advertise your safes; invest in a wall safe or a floor safe.
 
Also, consider buying a safe that is made of thicker materials. If a thief has to go through concrete and steel, there is a better chance the thief will either give up or not have tools powerful enough to handle physically working their way into a safe. Check out this video to see what we mean:
 

 
Boost your security. If you have the means to do so, having overnight staff to protect your valuables is a good idea. It’s easier to take the time to get into a safe if there is no one around, but the tools needed to crack a safe are rarely quiet enough where they wouldn’t get caught. Video cameras are also a great idea.
 
Along these same lines, train your staff. Show them how to properly handle emergency situations and who to call in those emergencies.
 
If you’re interested to know more about how to prevent these occurrences, feel free to contact Value Safes today!
 

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Bugging Out: What You Need and Where You Need Them

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For those who aren’t familiar, “bugging out” refers to grabbing your bug out bag and hastily leaving the disaster zone, according to Preparing for SHTF. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, you come up with a plan. The down side to this plan of action is that you don’t know for sure what you will need or what you will encounter once you leave your location, so it’s best to be as prepared as humanly possible.

 

 

 

What to Include in Your Bug-Out Bag 

 
Before you can start on your journey of preparedness, you have to know exactly what your budget is, so you can know exactly what to pack, realistically. The five areas to keep in mind are food, water, shelter, security, and sanitation. Here are some basic items (list courtesy of Survivalist Prepper) to keep in your bag:

     

  • Fixed blade knife: These are durable and steady. They will last longer than foldable blades.
  • Folding knife: These are handy for smaller jobs where fixed blades are just too big.
  • Multi tools: From opening cans to cutting down small branches, these tools are handy.
  • Folding shovel: you can’t shovel with a multi tool, so this is good to keep around.
  • Lighters: Even though you will want a fire starting kit, it’s undoubtedly easier to use lighters.
  • Fire starting kit: You always want multiple ways to start a fire.
  • Water filter and purification tablets: You never know if your water sources are clean.
  • Water bottle: Aluminum is best in case it needs to be heated.
  • Flashlight/glow sticks/headlamp: Having multiple light sources is best.
  • First aid kit: This can reflect your skill level as to how simple or complex it is, but it should include bandages, tape, dressings, and any medications needed.
  • Compass: It can be pretty easy to lose your sense of direction and get lost.
  • Analog watch: These don’t require batteries and can also be used to find direction as well.
  • Tarp: A multipurpose item to keep handy.
  • Duct tape: Not only can this help with patching holes or fixing things, it can be used in a pinch to close a wound.
  • Heavy duty trash bag: Another great multipurpose item. Make sure to get heavy duty so that they can stand up to the weather.
  • Maps of the area: You should have a map of both the area you’re in, plus possible bug out areas.
  • Food items: Pack enough for 3 days worth of calories. You will need a minimum of 1,000 a day.
  • Hand sanitizer: This should be in your first aid kit, but these are good to have for your sanitation. Also great if you don’t have access to showers.
  • Work/heavy duty gloves: These are worth it- you don’t want to cut your hands up.
  • Change of clothes: In case clothes become wet or damaged.
  • Important documents: This can be forms of ID or possibly even hidden money.
  • Survival manuals: This comes in handy if you’re in an unfamiliar situation and stressing out.

 

Finding a Good Bug-Out Location

 
When it comes to a bug out location, there are a lot of things to consider.
 
The first thing to keep in mind is that you want to keep away from the cities. More often than not you’re better off chancing the wilderness than an urban shelter. You want to be somewhere that isn’t as crowded. There are risks of transportation and other accommodations being shut down if you’re in the middle of a big city. Not only this, but provisions will become extremely hard to find.
 
Have a backup plan- don’t count on living in the wild. It’s a great idea for the reasons we just mentioned, but you won’t be the only person who would have thought of it. Only those who are experienced with the wilderness (campers, hunters etc) should focus on those areas. Depending on where you live and which part of the country, it might be just as dangerous as the city. You will undoubtedly come across others looking for the same necessities. Weather is also a big factor.
 
We cannot stress location enough. Living too close to the coast means an increase in population, which means fewer supplies, more disease, and easily more violence. You also need to keep in mind any weather issues that might apply to the area, such as blizzards, tornadoes, or earthquakes. These are all generalized guidelines, of course. Check out land or abandoned areas as soon as you can to make the best decision possible. Lastly, if you have the ability, look for higher ground or a place that is easily hidden.
 
Consider your support group. Do you have a family? Think about the size. Also, if you have extended family, is the distance achievable with one tank of gas? If you’re only working with one other person, it would be easy to be overrun and others can steal your supplies. Having more people can help with this situation, but you want to find a balance when it comes to supplies.
 
It’s good to be prepared for anything, but it’s smart to know your limitations, too.
 

Storing Items at Your Bug-Out Location

 
Now that you know where you’re going, it’s good to know how to stock your location as well. The supplies needed are going to be pretty similar to what your bug out bag should include; only you have the ability to store more of it.
 
You want to ensure that you have plenty of food and water along with tools, ammo, cooking utensils/equipment, and medical equipment. It should be easier to set up camp at your bug out location.
 
Let’s face it- once you get to your bug out location you want to ensure your supplies are safe, and stored somewhere that makes sense. Here are a couple of easy options:
 

fireproof safeFireproof Safes

 
In cases of a natural disaster, fireproof safes are one type of safe you will want handy. Things like important documents, medicine, and water purification tools can easily be stored in this safe. These are items you want to make sure are around when you need them, but aren’t hard to reach. Not only will they be handy, they are more likely to stand up to the elements. With everything else on your mind, you won’t have to worry about the durability of your safe carrying your valuables.

 

 

gun safeGun Safes

 
Bug-out locations are not going to be very effective if you don’t have ammo; or if it winds up in the wrong hands, for that matter. Gun safes are a smart and safe way to store your guns and other weapons that will allow only you to access them and keep potential children safe from them. One of your most valuable assets will be guarded in a gun safe, especially made to hold that kind of cargo.

 

 

 

floor safeFloor Safes

 
If you are looking to store supplies such as food or medicine, then it’s a smart idea to make sure it’s well hidden. You don’t want to let your items fall into the wrong hands, so you should seriously consider a floor safe. These safes are easy to conceal and allow you to rest easy knowing that no one unwanted will be snooping in your belongings.

 

If you have questions about which safes are best to use in your particular emergency, give us a call today.
 

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What Should I put in my Fireproof Safe?

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You went the smart route and bought a fireproof safe which will keep all of your documents safe from all the elements. Maybe you’re stuck on what to do with it – or even what to put inside of it.
 
Below is a list of things that you should consider putting inside in order to keep your belongings safe.

     

  • Insurance policies and agent contact information. Especially with home insurance, you will want to make sure you have this handy in the case of a fire.
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  • Legal documents and/or copies. These documents were meant to ensure protection so being able to access them will give you that protection.
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  • Wills where you are names the executor. Having access to this information is important because once the person passes away, safe deposit boxes are sealed.
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  • Passports and original birth certificates. These are used in order to establish your identity in a number of instances. Plus, they can be a pain to replace.
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  • A list of family doctors, prescriptions, and pharmacy information on the off chance someone would need to get them for you or access that information.
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  • Digital copy of all family photos. You can use a CD or an external hard drive. If there were to be a fire in your home, this is something that many people wish they still had with them. These are memories that you don’t want to lose.
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  • Keys to your safe deposit box. If you have anything of personal value at the bank, then you will want to make sure your key is accessible and safe.
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  • Any important papers for investments, bank accounts, or retirement plans. You never know when you might need to access these.
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  • Outstanding debt information. Keeping an eye on this information will be very important to your credit score.
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  • Original Social Security Cards. These are hard to replace and are needed to establish eligibility for things such as benefits.
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  • Anything valuable such as jewelry, coins, cash, etc. They will be safe and you can access them.
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  • Spare keys/titles to all vehicles. This is important information to know the location of!
     
    There are many other things to keep inside a fireproof safe, but these items are of particular importance to everyone and should find a secure home.
     

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10 Things to Keep in Mind Before Purchasing a Safe

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When purchasing a safe, you have a few things to consider. In order to find the ideal safe for your needs, consider a few things about safes before making the purchase.
 
There is so much more to safes than meets the eye. You cannot simply look at safes and guess which one is best. Moreover, you should not purchase your safe solely based on price, size, or color. Think about what you want to protect, and read about the different safe types below. When you know what your best assets are, and what the risks near you home are, you’ll be able to choose the perfect safe for your needs.
 
Fireproof Safes
 
Fireproof safes are actually more fire “resistant”. This means that they will withstand heat and smoke, and water in some cases. Fireproof safes protect sentimental or important items in the event of a house fire. These safes are not meant for valuables like cash and jewelry, as they’re not designed to keep intruders out the way that security safes are. You can find fireproof, burglar safes, which are not only fireproof, but also designed to keep others out of them.
 
Burglar Fire Safes
 
Consider the BF rating. Think about the maximum value the safe can protect, and determine if it will exceed the value of your belongings over the next 10 years. If anything increases in value dramatically, you may want a new safe to reflect the content inside of it.
 
Floor Safes
 
Floor safes are great for your extremely valuable pieces, as burglars will have a much more difficult time getting into them. However, they’re not great for withstanding fires, so it’s not exactly the best place for important documents or sentimental photos.
 

Protect Your Valuables From Theft or Flame with a Fireproof Safe

The primary reason people invest in a safe or a vault is to protect their hard earn money, valuables, or important documents, from burglars, but there are other ways that your treasures can be consumed. If you have cash, jewelry, or paperwork in your safe, are they still secure if you are the victim of an unfortunate house fire? To make sure your items are protected against all of the elements, you will need a reliable fireproof safe.

If you are looking for a fireproof safe that can ease your mind, Hollon provides a line of safes that can certainly deliver. They have quickly become the most reliable supplier of high quality two-hour fireproof safes. This means that their saves have been tested to be able to endure a two hour heating test. During this test, the safes are heated to very intense temperatures, at over 1700 degrees. This is more than enough protection; according to statistics collected by various fire departments, the average wooden house fire burns at approximately 950 degrees.

Even when you place your special documents in one of these safes, you can rest assured that in the event of a fire, your paperwork will remain unharmed for at least two hours of intense heating. The Hollon safes have proven themselves capable of maintaining an internal temperature bellow 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two hours, when exposed to temperatures of 1700 degrees and over. 350 degrees might sound extremely hot, but it is cool enough to keep your important papers, or treasured jewelry, from burning or becoming damaged.

A fireproof safe from Hollon is certain to impress. This is a company that has been building safes for many years, and they know what people are looking for in security and convenience. They have models available that are extremely small and compact, and others that are perfect for much larger items. Each model of safe includes adjustable shelves, making it easy to organize all of your important items.

Above all else, a fireproof safe will keep your items secure from both fire, and other outside forces. The safes are reinforced with very thick walls and doors, and solid steel locking bolts. With an electronic digital locking system, you can easily change your lock combination as frequently as you’d like without hiring the services of a locksmith. No man, or act of nature, will ever be able to access your belongings ever again, without your permission.

Why You Need a Fireproof Safe

You should always have a safe in your house that can withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees. Even if you don’t have valuables, there are documents you should protect with a fireproof safe, such as passports, birth certificates, and even insurance information. Without a fireproof safe, all of those documents could be destroyed in just a few minutes. There are different safe models available that will protect for various times, from an hour to two hours. Keep in mind that fireproof safes are not meant to protect from theft, unless the safe you purchase specifically specifies that it is theft-proof as well as fireproof.

Why Choose a Fireproof Safe

No one likes to think about bad things happening, but the truth is that things really do happen to good people. If you don’t have your valuables, especially important documents, protected from disaster, you could end up with a great deal of heartache in the end. Choosing a good fireproof safe could be all you need to protect yourself from the damage that fire can create. Many home safes can protect the content for up to thirty minutes from temperatures topping 1200 degrees. Of course, you can get safes that are even more protective than that if you feel you’d like the additional peace of mind.